Importance of Medical Records

Orange Park Social Security Lawyer Your Orange Park Social Security lawyer can explain that your medical records are a pivotal part of your case. It is impossible to be approved for benefits if you do not have objective medical evidence to support your claim.

Medically Determinable Impairment

Your Orange Park Social Security lawyer can also explain that the Social Security Administration requires applicants to have a medically determinable impairment before they can receive benefits. This term means that the individual in question must suffer from a physical or mental impairment expected to last continuously for at least 12 months, and that prevents him or her from engaging in substantial gainful activity. To prove that the impairment is medically determinable, it must be documented with diagnostic techniques that are accepted in the medical community.

Listing of Impairments

For those impairments that are in the official Listing of Impairments, it is essential to have medical records. If your condition meets or equals one of these listings, you can be awarded benefits solely on these records.


Medical records can also help support your claim regarding symptoms if your impairment does not equal or meet a listing. The Social Security Administration will consider a patient’s symptoms when they conclude that the applicant has a medically determinable impairment that is likely to cause the symptoms described. Having medical records in place that detail symptoms such as fatigue, pain or shortness of breath can help bolster your credibility.

Talk to an Orange Park Social Security Lawyer to Learn More

If you would like to learn how to use your medical records in your case, contact Orange Park Social Security attorney John Fagan by calling (904) 278-1000.  

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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